Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Gates Millennium Program
University of Oregon
Assisting in the Turtle Mountain Diabetes Program 5k Runs, working at the Indian Health Services for 200+ hours, volunteer teaching with the Turtle Mountain Elementary School Drama Club, Unpack the Quack (helping other students move into the dorms), making meals with Feed My Starving Children, handing out gifts at downtown Christmas, reading to the youth in the Belcourt community
Kilyn Parisien-Hill was born and raised in Belcourt, North Dakota where she is enrolled in the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She was the valedictorian in 2016 and now attends the University of Oregon, thanks to the Gates Millennium Scholarship. She is pre-med and majoring in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. In November 2016, Kilyn competed for the title of Miss North Dakota Teen USA, and won! She is the first Native American titleholder in North Dakota, as well as the first Black titleholder in North Dakota. Parisien-Hill spends her free time reading, working out, traveling, playing with and rescuing dogs, and volunteering where she is needed. When she isn’t at school, Kilyn is speaking at Native schools and encouraging the students of all ages to achieve the greatness they are destined for. She hopes to inspire people of all ages with her story and to become Miss Teen USA soon.